OnceOver to rock out at Frankie’sWritten by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In a world of disposable music and assembly line talent, new records are often overlooked and have a short lifespan. This is not the case when talking about Toledo’s OnceOver. With a more than respectable following of dedicated fans and a reputation for amazing concerts, the Toledo quintuplet is getting ready to amaze with a new record and upcoming shows.
Frontman Steve Dwyer explained that the new album “White Raven” is “a little less ‘tough guy’ hardcore and is a little more technical”. While album “9” was very well-received, “White Raven” is poised to be a very powerful follow-up to the short and very potent “9.”
“It’s still about as heavy as our previous record,” Dwyer said. “It’s a little more aggressive in our changes and guitar work.”
Everyone in OnceOver has a family and a full-time job so adding the responsibilities of writing and recording a new album can be challenging.
“Luckily, we have constant access to a studio” said Dwyer. “We mostly write chunks of songs and we use SoundCloud for writing quick little riffs, whether we’re humming into a microphone or tracking a quick scratch guitar. We usually then get together as a band. With our limited time, we weren’t able to just jam for three hours and wait for something to fly out. We made sure someone already had an idea to work from.”
Dwyer said long-time fans will likely enjoy the new record.
“Really it’s not too far off from our previous stuff. However, it’s more dynamic and melodic than our last record. I think die-hards will immediately notice our progression to using many more electronic textures.”
Dwyer said of the album’s song lyrics, “Most of the songs are about rebirth, realization and perseverance. A couple of the songs are tributes to lost loved ones, but more from the aspect of being honored to have had them in our lives.”
“I stumbled upon a Native American tale about a ‘White Raven,’” explained Dwyer. “It was never supposed to touch the earth because it would corrupt it and turn it black. It eventually got tired and had to land, it got stuck in the mud and turned black and could no longer fly. The spirits decided to give it a second chance and turned it white again. For me, the story was about second chances and rebirth, learning how to let go of old and toxic habits and starting over.”
While “White Raven” is taking the band “longer than expected”, OnceOver is shooting for a fall 2013 release date.
In the meantime, OnceOver is slated to play at Frankie’s Inner City on June 29 along with Tropic Bombs, GOLD and Last Day on Earth. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the cover is $7.